Saoirse Ronan Biography
Her name means "Freedom" in Irish and she met Brad Pitt when she was a babe in arms. Saoirse Ronan is the daughter of noted actor Paul Ronan who took her on the set of his film "The Devil's Own" in New York" when she was a baby and introduced her to his co-star Brad Pitt.
She does not remember meeting Pitt, the only thing she remembers about New York is being taken by her mother to Toys"R"Us.
Her Irish parents moved to New York because of the troubles in Ireland, but they moved back to County Carlow when she was 3-years-old.
As a small child she sometimes accompanied her father on to the set of his films, he also starred in "Veronica Guerin" and it was those visits that aroused her interest in becoming an actress herself.
She made her screen debut when she was 9-years-old in 2003 on an Irish public service broadcast on RTE in the primetime medical drama "The Clinic", She was also in the mini serial "Proof" in 2004/5.
Her breakthrough came in 2007 when she was 13-years-old and she was cast as Briony Tallis in the film "Atonement" which brought her multiple award nominations. She was the 11th youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award and was the 7th youngest actress to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This led to her getting the role of Lina Mayfleet in "City of Ember" in 2008.
At the age of 15-years-old she quit her Irish boarding school due to her teachers and fellow pupils negative attitude towards her. She now has lessons at home saying she blames her teachers for the pupils' behaviour.
"The teachers were giving me a hard time and taunting me about my movie success," she said. "Some of the students were really mean but I only stayed a while, it wasn't really working out."
In 2009 Saoirse Ronan got the starring role of Susie Salmon in "The Lovely Bones," an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She got the part from an audition tape she sent from Ireland and Peter Jackson was so impressed with it he did not even meet her before he offered her the role.
Jackson cast her with the intention of having an unknown play the lead but this changed in the middle of filming when she received Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in "Atonement."
Time Magazine ranked her performance in the film as the greatest female performance of 2009, just behind Mo'Nique and Carey Mulligan and ahead of Meryl Streep.
She found the role of Susie Salmon the most challenging part she had ever done and struggled to switch off.
"Near the start of filming I would just come home and cry," she said. "It was upsetting to think this rape and murder happens to girls and children. It was hard to push it away, but Mum and Dad are always with me and if I'm ever upset just to get a hug is good."
Ronan was going to be in Ridley Scott's vision of "Robin Hood" in 2010 but dropped out when she was asked to appear in Peter Weir's film "The Way Back" as she chose that instead.
The 16-year-old actress has wowed her fellow cast members in the movie and she has matured a lot since she appeared alongside Keira Knightley in the wartime drama "Atonement" in 2007.
Despite her rise to stardom Saoirse Ronan has said she will never go and live in Los Angeles as Hollywood has a bad effect on young people.
"I have seen kids get messed up there," she said. "They just stop being genuine people."
When she is away filming she missed her dog Sassie the most and she supports the Irish Blue Cross as they reunited her with Sassie when she ran away.